So yesterday I was at my final set on bench and as I brought the weight down I heard a pop in my right shoulder and it instantly started hurting. I managed to rerack the weight but after that I lost a significant range of mobility in my right arm, and it still hurts. I saw a doctor at an urgent care later that day and he said I had a tear in my rotator cuff and possibly my long head bicep tendon.
My clinic is booked out so I have to continue to call every morning for an opening and hopefully they’ll take it seriously and get me an MRI and a proper diagnosis but I guess for now I’m reaching out to y’all for some confirmation and hopefully some support and guidance on what I can do next. Before yesterday I had a lot of promise in powerlifting and have been training to break more state records next year and hopefully start touching national records, and now I’m frustrated and disappointed. I know it isn’t the end, I’m young and strong and I’m trying to be optimistic, but I’m already struggling with the fact that I can’t use my dominant hand to do pretty much anything.
I have a general dull ache at the front of my shoulder, but it pops and crunches if I try to lift my arm straight in front of my body (I can almost get my elbow to face height) I can’t move my arm straight across my chest without severe pain, and it’s difficult to move my arm at a diagonally, directly lateral, or backwards without pain, and I can’t move it above my head.
These issues have slowly improved over the last 24 hours, I’ve been icing it and keeping it as still as possible, taking ibuprofen and my doc gave me cyclobenzaprine, so I fear my improvement is just a side effect of being medicated, so I’m cautious to push my limits.
hopefully I get an appointment soon. But until then if any of you could give me some ideas of how to stay motivated and what you do to work out with one arm out. Luckily I don’t have any issues doing biceps/triceps, Deadlifts and leg press type stuff (I wish my gym had a safety squat bar) but I fear losing too much strength in my back and the rest of my body and having to start all over again, and I fear having muscle imbalance and other issues. Thank you in advance!